Few places are as critical to the overall health of our planet as the Amazon rainforest. Come to Ecuador’s exotic ‘Oriente’ and immerse yourself in the majesty of the jungle and the indigenous people that live in it. You’ll volunteer with an NGO that is working with local farmers to develop guayusa tea leaf collectives for export to the US; consider political solutions to natural resource management in a global context; and examine the ecological impacts of our global hunger for non-renewable resources.
• Volunteering with a local NGO to support sustainable economic development
• Whitewater rafting on the Rio Jatunyacu and biking the Ruta de las Cascadas
• Visiting chakras, the “forest gardens” of the indigenous Kichwa people
• Basking in the spray of some of Ecuador’s most impressive waterfalls